2021 Senior Subject Information


NCEA Information



Before launching into the Senior Subject Selection links below please take careful consideration of the following points:
    • The information contained in the Senior Subject Selection links below, separated in to Year groups, is designed to help you in the process of selecting your subjects for 2021.


  • Read through the information carefully
  • Discuss it
  • If you have a career in mind, research qualifications needed and/or tertiary course requirements
  • Check their entry requirements – are there pre-requisites?
  • ALWAYS remember ‘just ask’ if you are unsure – our Staff are qualified and are here to help you


  • If you are experiencing difficulty in making a final decision it is important to discuss this with someone, e.g your Year Dean, before the deadline.
  • A draft timetable will normally be produced before the end of the year or before the commence of the new year. Students will be contacted if there is a clash of subjects.
  • Late changes may be possible, if the timetable, class numbers and staffing permit. Please discuss any changes to your selection with your Dean as soon as possible.
  • Before the next School Year commences and after the release of the NCEA results (usually mid-January) there will be opportunities to discuss any subject concerns with your Year Deans. Dates will be advertised in the School newsletter when you are able to make appointments.


  • Choose from the selection of buttons below:

Year 11 Course Programme 2021  Year 12 Course Programme 2021 Year 13 Course Programme 2021

Do you need some further help choosing your subjects?

 Use this formula to help choose your course:

Ability + Interest + Future Occupation = Subject Choice


  • How good are you at a subject and how easily do you understand it?
  • Your assessment results and your work will help you estimate your ability?
  • Discuss your ability with your teacher to clarify your understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Be careful not to under-rate or over-rate your ability.


  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What are you prepared to work hard at?
  • Reasons for enjoyment might be because of the work, the teacher, the content.
  • You will probably reach a higher standard in your work if you are interested in it.


  • If, like many other students, you do not know what work you would like to do, or which subjects you would like to continue to study at a tertiary level, the best advice is to keep your options open as long as possible and to keep studying the subjects you enjoy.
  • If you do know, or if you have ideas about what you might do, you need to find out which subjects are most suitable.  Tertiary institutions regularly update requirements on their website.
  • If you do not have a specific career in mind, but have a general idea as to where you want to go, make your subject choice based on this.

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Subject Choice

  • Go through the possible subjects as listed.
  • Check course requirements and prerequisites.
  • At Year 12 and Year 13, check requirements for University Entrance and include an English-Rich subject: Classical Studies, English, Geography, History of Art.  It is also advisable to take one of Accounting, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics or Statistics.
  • Investigate carefully the new subjects offered at each level.
  • Put a tick alongside each possibility and investigate those subjects thoroughly.
  • Where possible PLAN your senior school course from the beginning of Year 11 through to Year 13.
  • Remember to keep open your options for future subject/career choice.
  • Make your final choice.

Although every effort is made to ensure students receive the subjects of their choice, it may not be possible in every case, especially with course changes after the end of the school year.